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Here’s How The Huffington Post Lured Reporters Away From the New York Times

The American Journalism Review talked to high profile reporters who left jobs at some of the most prestigious news outlets to work at The Huffington Post. What drew them in?

Total freedom, as Business Editor Peter Goodman, formerly of the New York Times, describes it. When Goodman was at the Times, for example, a front-page story on predatory for-profit colleges generated a lot of buzz, but the Times had no place for a follow-up. But, said Goodman: “Arianna’s whole thing is, ‘This is the Web, let’s hit it again and again. If we’ve got another one, let’s hit it again.’”

HuffPo National Editor Tim O’Brien, who had been Sunday business editor of the Times, likewise “saw a chance to build something from the ground up at The Huffington Post.”

The point is that more and more veteran reporters will opt for total freedom in their careers over having a job with the top brands in journalism. Good to know if you’re trying to hire the best in the business, but it remains to be seen whether or not this will lead to a successful news outlet in the long-term.

Huffington Post Union of Bloggers Launches Website

The Huffington Post Union of Bloggers, or HPUB, a non-profit corporation comprised of current and former bloggers and employees of the Huffington Post, has announced the launch of its website, www.hpub.org.

We learned a little more about HPUB through its facebook page, where it declares “Writers and bloggers of HP, past and present, paid and unpaid, satisfied and outraged, come and join us here.” From its description:

We didnt like HP’s slide to tabloid journalism and we dont approve of the AOL takeover. 9,000 bloggers didnt spend their time and effort building Huffpo’s content so that the website could be taken over by people with a very different agenda.

We took a look at the website, which has some global news-type stories along with manifestos like “We Are a Police State.” The featured article? “Why the Huffington Post ‘Fired’ Me.” It begins, compellingly:

Last Thursday, I was ‘fired’ as a labor blogger from the Huffington Post by executive business editor Peter Goodman for helping a group of union construction workers disrupt a conference of bankers. (I put fired in quotations marks because I, like the majority of people who blog for the site, was not paid for my contributions.)

Unfortunately, the HPUB site, according to its FAQ, is still ” working on a business model to pay contributors.” We wish it the best of luck.

AOL Fires Freelancers, Invites Them to Contribute for Free

Business Insider is reporting that AOL has just fired all of its business and finance freelance writers. Business Insider received an email from someone claiming to be a freelancer for AOL, who writes of the chaos in the weeks since the Huffington Post-AOL merger:

The entire transition process has been schizophrenic — we were told that they would not be rushing into anything, but that the process would be completed in three weeks. We were also told that everything would be handled on a case by case basis, and then we were all let go, no exceptions made, on one day.

It’s certainly upsetting news, but that’s not even the worse of it. The person who wrote that email also stated that AOL has invited freelancers to keep writing for their respective sites without pay. That’s like having your girlfriend dump you, then add that you’re welcome to keep watching Gossip Girl with her every week if you want to.

Stay classy, AOL.

UPDATE: Peter Goodman has sent a note to Business Insider, denying the above report.

Bill Keller Still After Huffington Post in Latest Piece for New York Times Magazine

So! Bill Keller has a new piece for the New York Times Magazine. He writes, “I don’t intend this occasional essay to become the Editor’s Pulpit,” which got us excited, naturally, because it meant that that was exactly what he was about to do. And when Keller goes in to Editor’s Pulpit mode, it generally means he is going to take on his nemesis du jour, the Huffington Post. Fun all around.

Keller’s actual subjects are the worthy issues of journalistic openness and transparency, and he begins by comparing James O’Keefe and Julian Assange. (As a side note, his comparison reminds us a lot of a post we read a few weeks ago for The Atlantic Wire by Erik Hayden.)

The interesting thing here is that Keller was criticized after his first take down of the Huffington Post for his reply to Arianna Huffington‘s rebuttal, where he (in the words of Felix Salmon):

[V]iolated the first rule of blogging, and failed to link to the argument he was engaging. So when he talked about “the reaction” to his column, or “clueless commentary”, the lack of any link was a CYA move, giving him the opportunity to say “oh no, I didn’t mean you“.

In this latest piece, Keller fails to link again. He writes:

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AOL Huffington Post Wants To Hire Professional Journalists, Not Bloggers

Post-merger, AOL and Huffington Post have wasted no time slashing brands and jobs. But once the great clean-up is over, who are they looking to hire for their newer, bigger, and (hopefully) better joint brand?

TechCrunch is reporting that AOL HuffPost is looking to hire from its freelancers, but only professional journalists this time around.

Peter Goodman, editor for business and technology news for the Huffington Post, held a conference call for freelance business writers. One of his main points was that they are looking for freelancers who are professional journalists (not bloggers) to become staffers.

One interesting quote from Goodman, “We can’t replace professional journalism with an adhoc blogging arrangement….we don’t want to confuse professional journalists with bloggers.”

Our advice to AOL HuffPost: if you really want true, die-hard journalists, consider posting a want ad like this one (arguably the best want ad for journalists of all time). A highlight:

[O]ur ideal candidate has also cursed out an editor, had spokespeople hang up on them in anger and threatened to resign at least once because some fool wanted to screw around with their perfect lede.

That’s how it’s done.

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